Pat Quinn says he thinks Cardinal Francis George and other Catholic leaders "made a mistake" criticizing the governor for agreeing to present an award at a ceremony hosted by an abortion-rights organization.
Quinn on Monday said he wishes George would have contacted him before issuing a statement saying the governor was rewarding those who support "the legal right to kill children in their mothers' wombs." Quinn is to present rape victim Jennie Goodman with an award at a luncheon hosted by Personal PAC, which aims to elect pro-choice candidates.
The cardinal told the Chicago Tribune he regrets Goodman became involved.
Quinn said giving an award to a rape victim is a "Christian thing to do." Goodman told the Chicago Sun-Times the bishops made her feel like she's "a baby killer."